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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2008) – USA Volleyball has submitted its U.S. Women's National Team staff list to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The staff, pending final approval from the USOC, will have "Jenny" Lang Ping (Beijing, China) as the head coach, Sue Woodstra (Freshwater, Calif.) as the first assistant coach, Li Yong (Shenzhen, China) as the second assistant coach, Tom Hogan (Cincinnati, Ohio) as the consultant coach, Diane French (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as the videotape and statistical scout and Joan Powell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as the team leader.
The U.S. Women's National Team qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing by placing third at the 2007 FIVB World Cup. The top three finishers at the event earned a spot in the Olympics.
Lang Ping, who returns to her hometown of Beijing leading Team USA, has served as the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach for the first three years of the current Olympic quadrennial. She holds a 68-38 record in her three years with Team USA. Lang Ping helped the Americans qualify for the Olympic Games last year as Team USA placed third at the FIVB World Cup in November 2007.
Lang Ping is no stranger to the Olympic Games. As a player, she helped China to win the 1984 Olympic Games gold medal with a victory over the U.S. in the title match. She also led China to a silver medal as the head coach in the 1996 Olympic Games. As a female, Lang Ping is among rare company as she has led two different country’s women’s volleyball programs into the Olympic Games.
Woodstra has also been to the Olympics and was on the opposite side of the net when the U.S. met China in the 1984 Olympic Games gold medal match. She was also on the 1980 Team USA squad that did not get to participate in the Moscow Olympic Games due to the U.S. boycott.
Woodstra, who is on hiatus from her head coaching job at Humboldt State University, immediately provided dividends for the U.S. women’s program. After a disappointing 16-12 record in 2006, she played a key role in the Americans improving by 10 victories in 2007. Woodstra also served as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the Pan American Games, which led to a bronze medal despite having a roster of only two full-time starters from the previous season.
Li and Hogan have served as assistant coaches with the U.S. Women’s National Team for the past three years. Li served as an assistant coach on China’s national women’s volleyball team from Oct. 1991 to Dec. 1998. He assisted the Chinese to a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. Hogan has been a part of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline since 2002 and was part of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team coaching staff that participated in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship in Ankara, Turkey.
French, who has been the U.S. Women’s National Team technical coordinator since 2005, was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team along with Woodstra. She played for Team USA from 1975 to 1980.